Physician Practice Roundup—Study finds Americans concerned about hospitals acquiring independent practices

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A new survey found that Americans are concerned about the rate at which hospitals are purchasing independent physician practices, a move which they see as a threat to affordable care. (Getty/LightFieldStudios)

Study finds Americans concerned about hospitals acquiring independent practices

A new study found that most Americans are concerned about the trend of hospital consolidation, specifically the rate at which hospitals are purchasing independent physician practices, a move which they see as a threat to affordable care.

The study, conducted by international polling company YouGov, was released by LUGPA, a trade association for independent urology group practices in the U.S. In a national survey of 1,191 adults, more than 60% of participants said they are concerned about the impact of hospital mergers and acquisitions on their access to affordable care, with 25% saying the trend is a threat to their health.

The survey found that 65% of patients said they trust an independent physician to give them the best recommendation over those employed by hospital systems. And 69% of respondents think Congress should take action to prevent the continued trend of hospital mergers and acquisitions. (Report)

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